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Nicholas Pappagallo

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Since early childhood, Nicholas Pappagallo has had the extraordinary opportunity to learn photography while traveling to some of the world's most desirable locations. Having a very supportive family enabled him to pursue this profession with an earnest devotion. Making the transition from film to digital-only added to his excitement and he wholeheartedly embraced the new technology. What started off as a hobby eventually turned into a practiced form of art. For Nicholas, noticing the small treasures in life has really helped him fine tune his skills. Eventually, his passion for photography expanded & he formed PAC (Photographers Adventure Club llc), the biggest and most active photography club. In January of 2019 PAC was reinvented as CaptureSchool.com an online resource for photographers. Being surrounded by many gifted photographers has given Nicholas the unique opportunity to broaden his own talents into a variety of different categories. When he isn't behind the camera shooting commercial portraits he is teaching other photographers basic photography skills, Lightroom editing & how to take their own skills to the next level. Originally from North Jersey, he graduated from Cedar Grove High School, County College of Morris & attended Rutgers University.


Panasonic Lumix Cameras:  G9, GH5, GX8

Panasonic Lumix Lenses: GX Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 , GX Vario 35-100 f/2.8, G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2, G 20mm f/1.7, 14-42mm Mega IOS f/3.5  

Godox AD400 Pro,  AlienBee Studio Strobes 400-1600, Large Octa, (2) Medium Octa, (2) Small Strip, (2) Beauty Dishes, (2) 8ft Strips (1) 71 Octa, (2) wide large softboxes.


2017 - SpiderHolster Pro
2017 - CGProPrints Pro
2016 - Current: Lumix Luminary Team with Panasonic
2014 - Current: Savage Universal Pro
2015 - Current: Tether Tools Pro
2010 - Current: Bay Photo 


1994-1996 County College of Morris
1996-2000 Rutgers University New Brunswick
2002-2013 Event Photographer 
2010 Built Photographers Adventure Club llc
2010-Current Photoshop World Conference
2011-2013 Planned events for the Phoenix East SMUG Group
2011 Workflow Workshop with Lewis Kemper
2012 Seminar with Joe Businick
2013-Current WPPI Conference
2013 HDR Workshop with Ken Sklute
2013 Lightroom Workshop with Matt Kloskowski
2013 Photoshop Workshop with RC Concepcion
2013 Lighting Workshop with Joel Grimes
2013 Ken Sklute in Philadelphia - Inspiration Talk
2015 Scott Kelby - Phoenix
2015 Joe McNally - Phoenix
2015 - Corey Barker - Phoenix
2015 - Jack Reznicki - Phoenix


1995-2013 NAME (National Assoc. of Mobile Entertainers)
2010-Current PAC (Photographers Adventure Club)
2011-Current WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Professionals International )
2011-2014 NAPP (National Assoc. of Photoshop Professionals)
2012-2013 PPA (Professional Photographers of America)
2013-Current KelbyOne
2015-Current Supporting AZ ASMP 


2011 Arizona Highways featured Photo for an article on the Superstitions
2012 Lightning Art in Phoenix Children's Museum Exhibit “Weather or Not”
2012-2013 Kelby Training
2013 Art Display in True Rest Spa, Tempe AZ
2013 Haboob Art Display in Drive Thru Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2013 Fox 10 News Nationwide for footage on the Flood at Havasupai
2013 “Elements” Art Display in Skyline Lofts Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2013 “Eyecandy” Art Display in Drive Thru Gallery, Phoenix AZ
2014 B&W Art Display in Drive Thru Gallery, Phoenix AZ
2014 Home & Garden Show Charity event for DownSyndrome
2014 Monsoon Art Display at Drive Thru Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2015 Home & Garden Show Charity event for DownSyndrome
2016 Home & Garden Show Charity event for DownSyndrome


2013 (6) Pages & Back Cover of One Day at Phoenix Children's Hospital
2014 (6) Pages Featured Local photographer in “Image Ready” Online Magazine
2015 Featured in Arizona Vacations Magazine 


2012 Channel 3 Phoenix - Help Portrait
2013 Channel 8 PBS Phoenix - Help Portrait
2014 Channel 10 Fox & Channel 12 NBC - PACGivesBack for DS Network
2015 Promotions for PACGivesBack Charity Art Auction
2016 Channel 3TV & Fox10 for PACGivesBack Charity Art Auction 
2017 Channel 3TV & Fox10 for Capture! PhotoCon & Photo Tips
2017 Channel 3TV - Photo Expert for tips - Your Life Arizona 


2010 Grand Canyon NP
2010, 2012, 2016 Monument Valley
2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe bend
2010, 2013 Havasupai falls
2011- 2015 Zion National Park & Bryce National Park 
2011, 2013 The Wave & Coyote Buttes
2010 & 2014 Albuquerque Balloon Festival
2010-2016 Lightroom Workshops
2010-2016 Photography 101 Workshops
2012 Tombstone Workshop
2012-2016 Light Painting Workshops
2013 Business Workshop PUG Phoenix
2014 Lightroom 5 Better Workflow - Cache Valley
2014 Lightroom 5 Organization @ Bay Photo/WPPI
2014 Lightroom Better Workflow @ B&H Photo Event Space
2015, 2016 Better Business Practices @ Out of Chicago Conference
2015 Arches & Canyonlands National Park
2014 & 2015 Joshua Tree National Park Milkyway Workshop
2015 Tethered Workflow with Lightroom CC @ B&H Photo Event Space
2016 Using Textured backdrop in the Studio (Savage Universa) @ WPPI
2016 Lightroom Workflow (SmugMug) @ WPPI
2016 Lightroom Better Workflow Workshop @ Out of Chicago Conference
2016 Photography 101 Workshop w/Levi Sim @ Out of Chicago Conference 
2016 Assistant on Magic of Alaska Workshop
2016 10 Ways to Capture High Impact Images @ B&H Event Space
2016 Patience & Consistency @ Lumix Stage: PhotoPlus NYC
2016 Business Tips @ Out of New York Conference 
2016 Night Cityscape Tips & Photowalk @ Out of New York Conference
2016 Lightroom CC Organization - @ Adobe Stage: PhotoPlus NYC
2017 Studio Photography @Savge Universal Booth - WPPI
2017 Planning and Coordinating Photo Conference: CapturePhotoCon
2017 10 Ways to Capture High Impact Images @ Mikes Camera in Colorado Sp & Boulder


2010-2014 Volunteered for Photoshop World
2011-2013 Volunteered for SMUGMug
2012 Coordinated Help Portrait Tempe
2012 Volunteered for One Day At Phoenix Children's Hospital
2013 Coordinated Help Portrait Scottsdale
2013 Acquired 31 SMUG Groups to guide
2014 Coordinated PACGivesBack event for DSNetwork at Home & Garden show Raised $16,000
2014 Coordinated Help Portrait Chandler 
2015 Coordinated PACGivesBack event for DSNetwork at Home & Garden show Raised $22,000
2016 Coordinated PACGivesBack event for DSNetwork at Maricopa Home & Landscape Show
2017 Donating funds to Arizona Animal Welfare League from CapturePhotoCon

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